Brace Yourself—These are the New "Mom Names"
Mom names are like mom jeans. We expect them to be built for comfort, not style. While new baby names aim for dramatic flair, mom names provide the steady backdrop. You know, cozy names like Diamond and Tyler.
Not the kind of maternal style you were thinking of? If not, it's time to adjust your thinking to a new generation of mom names.
Diamond and Tyler are just two of the new/old names that define this wave. They were popular a generation ago but have since declined sharply, so you're at least five times as likely to meet a 25-year-old woman than a newborn girl with one of those names.
I've identified 20 of these new mom names that represent their naming era. It was an era of creative spelling and androgyny, styles that are still going strong today. Some of the individual names are still quite popular; Taylor, for instance, ranked #112 in the most recent name stats. But as you can see from this graph, the style heart of the group lies 25 years in the past.
The new mom names have a few "dad" counterparts in names like Dillon, Kody and Devonte. But boys' name trends have historically changed slower than girls, so it's the mom names that are the dominant symbols of '90s style. Below is the full group of 20. Expect to see them in your local PTA soon.
Taylor Swift. Image: Wikimedia Commons
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